SpokenWord ONLINE every Monday. AWOL suspended. Chat Noir closed.

This info last updated March 22nd 2020. 

The Chat Noir is closed but we are gonna do an online SpokenWord every Monday during confinement. 

Thanks to the University of the 3rd Horizon for the online space, every Monday we bring SpokenWord to your own home.

Real poetry for unreal times.

So pour yourself a glass of wine if that’s your thing
and join us to read or listen.

Monday 23rd’s theme is Apologies.

Sign up from 8pm
Poetics begin 8.30pm
When someone’s reading please mute your microphone – unless you are the poet.

Join us using this link.
Download Zoom software beforehand – or – use the download link that shows when you attempt to join.

Cheers all,
David Barnes

AWOL writers’ workshop is suspended.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop every Sunday. We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive. Acoustic songs also welcome.

Poetry video clips on our instagram at spokenword_paris

SpokenWord Sounds
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up at 8pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. More info here. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. Free entry. Exit one euro.

Check next week’s theme here. Themes are a suggestion to inspire you but you don’t have to follow them. Indeed, many people don’t.

AWOL writers’ workshop
AWOL takes place every Sunday evening, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at the Chat Noir. 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Time sometimes varies so check AWOL’s facebook page. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen and join in the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield, Simon Millward, Thibaut Narme and Camille Adnot. Friendly and insightful and afterwards you’re welcome to come for a drink. In a previous incarnation this ran for 10 years as The Other Writers Group and AWOL continues that group’s ethos of giving invaluable insightful feedback and providing a supportive space to hone your writing craft. Plus community among writers. Click here for a more detailed description.

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El Habib Louai to Guest at SpokenWord Paris April 6th–Monday’s Theme: Cages

Habib Portrait1El Habib Louai is a Moroccan Amazigh poet, translator, musician and high school teacher of English. He took creative writing courses at Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado where he performed with Anne Waldman and Thurston Moore. His articles, poems and Arabic translations of Beat Poets such as Michael McClure, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Diane di Prima, Anne Waldman, William S Burroughs, Bob Kaufman, Joanne Kyger, Amiri Baraka, Neeli Cherkovski and many others appeared in international literary magazines, journals and reviews like Big Bridge Magazine, Berfrois, Charles River Journal, Militant Thistles, The Fifth Estate, The Dreaming Machine, Al Quds Al Arabi, Arrafid, Al Doha, Al Faisal, Lumina, The Poet’s Haven, The MUD Proposal, the Dreaming Machine, Sagarana and Istanbul Literary Review. Louai’s works include America America: An Anthology of Beat Poetry in Arabic published by Arwiqa for Translation and Studies,  an Arabic translation of Michael Rothenberg’s collection of poems entitled Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story published by Arwiqa for Translation and Studies. He also contributed with Arabic translations to Seven Countries: An Anthology Against Trump’s Ban published by Arroyo Seco Press. His first collection of poems is called Mrs. Jones Will Now Know: Poems of a Desperate Rebel which was praised by Anne Waldman, Thurston Moore and Michael Rothenberg. His second collection of poems, Rotten Wounds Embalmed with Tar,  was a finalist for the 2020 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry

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Online SpokenWord Monday 23rd March

This Monday we’re doing our second online SpokenWord, taking place nowhere and everywhere thanks to a Zoom room provided by the University of the 3rd Horizon.

This Monday’s theme – Apologies.

More info on the Home page, top post.

Quoted lines above are by Diane Di Prima.

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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Carl Watson to Guest at SpokenWord Paris March 16th–Monday’s Theme: Beginnings and Endings

Photo on 10-28-15 at 1.32 PMCarl Watson is a poet, fiction writer, playwright and critic. He currently splits his time between NYC and an old barn in the Catskill Mountains. He is the author of several books of fiction including, Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming (Sensitive Skin Books) and Idylls of Complicity (Spuyten Duyvil).  His poetry collections include Anarcadium Pan (Erie Street Press), Astral Botanica (Fly By Night Press), and most recently, Pareidolia, published by Autonomedia.  He has had work various journals including The Village Voice, NY Press, The Williamsburg Observer, Sensitive Skin, The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, Degraphe, La Liberation and others. Watson received the Kathy Acker Award for Fiction in 2012. The novel Hotel des acts irrevocables (Gallimard) and the short story collections Sous l’empire des oiseauxla vie psychosomatique, and Hank Stone et le coeur de craie (vagabonde) have been published by Editions Vagabonde which has also just published the novel A contre-courant rêvent les noyés.

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Louise Fazackerley to Guest at SpokenWord Paris March 9th–Monday’s Theme: Orphans

poet pic tights (1)Poet/prophet, Louise Fazackerley, follows Orwell, bringing her Glass Arc Tour from Wigan to Paris. Fresh from supporting punk legend Dr. John Cooper Clark, with work rooted in word-witchery and the working class, Louise is exploring the synergy between poetry and movement in a way that makes the ugly beautiful and the mundane fantastical.  Winner of BBC Radio 3 ‘New Voices’ and European Slam Finalist, Louise is excited to share her new genre-distorting, darkly humorous dystopian book ‘The Lolitas’ published with Verve Poetry Press.  Louise also has two collections with spoken word label ‘Nymphs & Thugs.’ As seen on BBC1 and read in The Guardian.


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Chris Burke to Guest at SpokenWord Paris March 2nd–Monday’s Theme: Separation

Chris_Burke-68Chris Burke is an English-Irish writer and journalist whose debut collection of poetry, The Noise of Everything at Once, was published by Happy House Books in 2017. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in magazines including Antiphon, Southword, the French Literary Review, Snakeskin, Paris Lit Up and Prole, and he recently won the second prize in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, having also featured on the UK National Poetry Competition longlist.
photo credit:  Leslie McAllister
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Cecilia Llompart to Guest at SpokenWord Paris February 24th–Monday’s Theme: Mythology

ParisCecilia Llompart is the author of The Wingless (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2014), and her book-length poem, Wild Vespers, was a semi-finalist for the Fall 2017 Black Lawrence Press Chapbook Competition as well as a finalist for Verse Journal’s 2016 Tomaž Šalamun Prize. She holds an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow, and has also been awarded a fellowship from The Dickinson House, named one of two finalists for The Field Office Agency’s 2016 Postcard Prize in poetry, and one of ten winners in Neat Streets Miami’s “Growing Green Bus Stop” Haiku Contest. In addition to appearing widely in journals and anthologies, her work has been translated into three languages. In 2015, she founded the New Wanderers Collective, a multilingual and nomadic poetry initiative, and in 2016 she moved to Paris, where she teaches English Lit. and translates poetry from both French and Spanish.

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Matt Jones to Guest at SpokenWord Paris February 17th–Monday’s Theme: Power


Matt Jones is a Veteran and storyteller who has published prose and poetry in Arc, F(r)iction, and other places. He runs a monthly writing workshop at Shakespeare and Company, and edits prose for Paris Lit Up Magazine. Today, Matt is enjoying the Parisian literary community, and has just written a book about drones.  You can follow him at matthewjamesjones.com

photo credit: Sabine Dundure Photography


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Regie Cabico to Guest at SpokenWord Paris February 10th–Monday’s Theme: Lovers

LesTalusan_JerricaAndRegie_170703_010 (1)Regie Cabico is a spoken word pioneer having won The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam and taking top prizes in three National Poetry Slams. Television credits include 2 seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, Tedx Talks, NPR’s Snap Judgement & MTV’s Free Your Mind. His work appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution & The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He has been on faculty at Kundiman, Banff Arts Center and NYU Asian Pacific Studies Artist in Residence. Mr. Cabico received the 2006 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers for his work teaching youth at Bellevue Hospital. The Kenyon Review named RegieCabico the “Lady Gaga of Poetry” and has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg and through Howard Zinn’s Portraits Project at NYU, has performed with Stanley Tucci, Jesse Eisenberg & Lupe Fiasco. He is publisher of Capturing Fire Press and producer of Capturing Fire Slam in Washington, DC.

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Malik Crumpler to Guest at SpokenWord Paris February 3rd–Monday’s Theme: Artificial


unspecified-4(2)Malik Ameer Crumpler is a poet, rapper, composer, music producer & editor that’s released several albums, glitch art films, five poetry books & one book of raps. He’s a poetry editor/ co-host with Paris Lit Up,  editor-at-large of The Opiate & co-founder of Those That This. Malik has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from L.I.U. Brooklyn. He is also the M.C. for Hip Hop group, Madison Washington on Def Pressé. Beneath The Underground: Collected Raps 2000- 2018 is Malik’s most recent book & ((((FACTS))))) is Madison Washington’s album. http://malikameer.com/

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Mary McColley to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 27th–Monday’s Theme: The Ocean

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMary McColley is a writer and poet from Maine, currently studying history and languages in Paris. She studies in corners of various museums and wanders the streets at odd hours, as well as drawing and writing copiously. She worked at a lobster company in Maine and deeply loves the ocean. Mary is fascinated by languages and migrations. Find more of her work at https://troislapins.weebly.com/.

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